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Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism - The Second Evolution

The arrival of a series of new Human Fundamentalism products is so excitng since I love Illamasqua products. Illamasqua recently introduced a series of shockingly rich shades to Illamasqua’s explosive Spring/Summer 2012 collection. This second wave gives you a selection of new tones to express your individuality and take you way beyond conformity. It is truly a second evolution.


Powder Eye Shadow ($20)

Four new Powder Eye Shadows have been introduced. Bold, long lasting and highly pigmented to make a colourful summer statement are Fledgling (Vivid Green), Hype (Bold Yellow), Inception (Rich Violet) and Vapour (Tangerine).

Lipstick ($22)

Color intense and long lasting, these two new Lipstick shades won’t give up without a fight: Eurydice (Bright Fuchsia Pink) and Liable (Red Orange). These shades make me feel so glam.

These products are available at Sephora and on

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Check out the video on Illamasqua’s new Human Fundamentalism collection!

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Illamasqua’s New Human Fundamentalism Collection

Illamasqua’s latest collection is an explosion of your alter ego! Perfect for Spring, the Human Fundamentalism collection isn’t about conformity, but the fundamental human desire to express your inner self on the outside. I love Illamasqua makeup and I’m so excited to try this new spring collection!

Illamasqua’s new Human Fundamentalism collection has blinding flashes of pigment that provides a sharp contrast to neutral tones, creating a saturated palette that catapults your alter ego to new levels of self-expression. Mix contrasting textures to express your true self, spiraling from rich metallic to pale matte shades.

Powder Eye Shadow $20

Subvert normality with an explosion of highly pigmented Powder Eye Shadows in four bold shades: Burst (Blue Green), Pivot (Yellow Green), Cancan (Lilac Purple), and Sex (Pure White). Intense, long lasting and easily blendable, there’s an extraordinary shade to express every aspect of your humanity.

Palettes $42.50

Fundamental Palette – The Fundamental Palette is a playground for self-expression. Experiment with contrasting textures, from glistening Liquid Metal in molten pewter to matt Cream Pigment in mint green, to express every inch of your alter ego. Coupled with two vibrant Powder Eye Shadows in Hype (Bold Yellow) and Inception (Rich Violet) this palette demands bold levels of nonconformity.

Neutral Palette – Create sculpted highlights and stark contours anywhere on your face and body with these four fundamental Powder Shadows. From new matt shades in Stealth (Creamy Buttermilk), Wolf (Chocolate Brown) and Vintage (Antiqued Gold) – a shade exclusive to this palette - to the glistening metallic accents of Obsidian (Rich Black), express your inner light and darkness in a rich riotous glamour.

Precision Ink $27.50
Precision Ink in pure white Scribe is the ultimate anti-liner. Subvert expectations and highlight the unconventional, creating white-lined eyes and white-out brows with Precision Ink’s super-fine tip. Waterproof and extremely long-lasting, Precision Ink also makes the perfect nail art pen. Simply apply then seal with Illamasqua Top Coat for nails that transcend conformity.

Nail Varnish $14
New Nail Varnishes in Stance (Bright Mauve) and Nomad (Bright Jade) are fearlessly fresh, bold and vibrant. High-gloss, chip-resistant and packed with pigment, they represent the most stunning shades of idiosyncrasy.

Lipstick $22
Dare to be you with our vibrant Box Lipstick, the richest of reds, deep scarlet Lipstick takes you way beyond conformity.

Intense Lipgloss $20
Intense Lipgloss in Fierce (Bright blue purple) speaks of uncompromising self-expression, the fundamental desire to stand out and a strong connection with the power of pure colour.

My favorites are the Fundamental Palette, Precision Ink, Nail Varnishes, Lipstick, and Intense Lipgloss. I love the glam colors in the collection! The Human Fundamentalism collection is available at Sephora and on

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Illamasqua’s New Fragrance - Freak

Illamasqua recently launched their first fragrance called Freak. Freak was developed by master perfumer, Azzi Grasser. Freak is encased in a beautifully ornate art deco-inspired bottle, tilted to one side, as though confirming to the dictates of an alternative reality. Its smoked glass dances in the light and features a delicate silver snail and its trail, symbolizing an addictive passionate path of desire that is both distinctive and unusually provocative. I love the mystical scent and when I wear I feel sexy, alluring and daring. This is one of my favorite fragrances. The sensual fragrance has a unique concoction of dangerously exotic unconventional flowers that were blended to celebrate the night.

Top Notes:
Black Davana, Opium Flower and Belladonna bewitch the senses into uncontrollable lust and passion.

Heart Notes:
Poison Hemlock, Datura and Queen of the Night blossom, caress and kiss.

Base Notes:
Aromas of Frankincense, Oud and Myrrh, addictively mesmerises and captures the senses.

The rich and daringly provocative opening notes of Black Davana cast a magical spell of desire across the senses to celebrate the night. This compelling burnt orange bloom base is highly prized the world over for its ability to enhance the wearer’s natural perfume. The subtle mustiness of Poison Hemlock haunts the background tone of Freak, adding alluring depths of mystery.

Freak is available at Space NK and Sephora and retails for $90.

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Illamasqua’s Autumn/Winter 2011 Theatre of The Nameless Collection

I recently attended the launch of Illamasqua’s Autumn/Winter 2011 Theatre of The Nameless Collection and I love the make-up.  It is an adventure to try make-up inspired by the 1920s Berlin period. 

"Theatre of the Nameless is a heady mixture of opulent hues, decadent pigments and fearless application. A bruised and burnished palette that gives a sensual slip, that bleeds color into color, worn through and kissed off."  - Alex Box, Illamasqua Creative Director

"This collection brings us back to the brand’s heritage, inspired by the essence of self-expression that transformed 1920s Berlin."  -Joseph Corré, Illamasqua Joint Managing Director

This rich and indulgent collection envelops the senses. Darkly sophisticated tones are accompanied by shocks of dazzling iridescence, creating a breathtakingly modern interpretation of the most illicit nightlife in history.

At the launch of the Autumn/Winter 2011 collection from Illamasqua, Theatre of the Nameless, lead U.S. makeup artist Andrea Helgadottir created two looks on one model, starting with a wearable everyday look, then building upon it to create an inspired art deco style.  With the rich and indulgent makeup, she matched darkly sophisticated tones with shocks of dazzling iridescence to transformed the day look to a daring new level for night.


Using a foundation brush and just a pea size amount of Illamasqua’s Rich Liquid Foundation ($34), Helgadottir created a base with a velvet finish.  She then used the versatile Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Façade ($20) on the eye area using her finger to dab the product onto the outside corners of the eye and directly onto the cheekbone to contour.  She then applied the same product to the lips.  Using a blush brush, she applied the neutral shade Shimmer Blusher in Ambition ($24) below the cheekbone, stroking it upward to make the cheekbone appear elevated, while allowing the shimmer blush to create an airbrushed, 3D effect.  Helgadottir then used the light shimmer Pure Pigment in Beguile ($24) on the inner corners of the eyes to brighten the eyes.  To accentuate the eye she lined above the upper lash line with the aubergine Precision Ink in Havoc ($27.50).  She deemed this look “the dewy runway.”


Helgadottier then crossed the threshold and embraced a world of unadulterated decadence.  Using the Precision Ink in Havoc as her artistry tool, she outlined above the eye crease and connected it to the line above the upper eye lashes.  She then filled in the model’s entire eye brows, branching out the lines on just the right side and began to paint interwoven lines – flowing them down to just below the ear.  To fill in the intricate shapes, she used items from Illamasqua’s past collections, including Illamasqua’s Cream Pigments in Bedaub, Mould, Dab ($24 each) and Liquid Metals in Phenomena, Enrapture ($26 each).  She then topped off the sections with Pure Pigment in Beguile to add a shimmer finish. Again inspired by the versatility of the products, Helgadottir applied the blue violet Lipstick in Kontrol ($22) from the new autumn winter collection onto the eye and blended in using Pure Pigment in Beguile with a brush to create a wet look.  On the left eye, she used Illamasqua’s signature Sealing Gel ($15) to mix with the dark shimmer Pure Pigment in Zeitgeist ($24) to create a paste-like texture and transform the loose pigment into a water-resistant shadow for an added dramatic effect.  Helgadottier then applied the rosed flush Shimmer Blusher in Morale ($24) between the precision ink crease line and the eye brow for a pop of color.  She added the Illuminator in Halcyon ($20) to the décolleté to accentuate her collar bone.  To finish this daring night look; she applied the deep pink Intense Lipgloss in Belladonna ($20) for a juicy finish. Helgadottier presented the look as “2 different looks, a strong eye and then something more playful.”

It’s time to cross the threshold and embrace a world of unadulterated decadence.

Theatre of the Nameless Product Range:

Pure Pigment $24

These versatile performers were made to be played with, giving a high-shine metallic finish of pure color in shimmering Zeitgeist (dark shimmer) and Beguile (light shimmer).

Precision Ink $27.50

Our most exotic colored Precision Ink yet, Havoc (aubergine) lets you scrawl hidden messages across your naked flesh, to be discovered at midnight by your secret lover.

Shimmer Powder Blusher $24

Mirroring the glimmer of starlight that illuminates this insomniac’s lair of unending night-time pleasures, the dusting of shimmer in our new blushers, Ambition (neutral) and Morale (rosed flush), adds a rich radiance to your face.

Intense Lipgloss $20

Full, glossy lips in dark, sultry Façade (grey pink) and Belladonna (deep pink) give you the ultimate high-shine power-pout that will stop them in their tracks at a hundred paces.

Lipstick $22

Color-intense lipstick with a highly pigmented formula in the dark, sultry and powerful shade of Kontrol (blue violet), gives you the deep-down confidence to dominate any situation.

Nail Varnish $14

Taking a lead from the color-coded specialities of the Wittenberg Platz’s domineering Boot Girls, Illamasqua introduces confident new shades in Taint (stone brown), Kink (bottle green), Vice (deep cerise), and Faux Pas (blue violet). Parading a kinky new waxy ‘rubber-look’ finish, each Theatre of the Nameless Nail Varnish bottle comes with a limited edition rubber lid.

Masquara $23

If the eyes are the windows of the soul, Illamasqua’s new Masquara in Raven (midnight black) reveals a heart of darkness with a new formula that lengthens, defines and dramatises lashes to extremes. The happy union of our unique brush design and smudge-proof formula ensures lashes can last the whole night through. 

The Theatre of the Nameless Collection is now available in the US on and at select Sephora stores.

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Illamasqua’s Magenta Muse Collection

I love Illamasqua and always use the night-time make-up when I go out as the eye-catching eye colors are my favorite.  I also love Illamasqua’s new collection, Magenta Muse.  Magenta Muse is the bold new color collection from cult British beauty brand, Illamasqua.  It’s a daring new color collection that makes you a Muse by midnight.  Magenta Muse is a fearlessly eclectic blend of textures and finishes, spanning from gloss to matte, metallic to opalescent.  It has gathered shades from grey, mauve, magenta, and teal while mixing in effortlessly flashes of coral that are offset by a matte black, all from their most popular products.

The collection combines the popular new Cream Pigments and Precision Inks with the brand’s classic best sellers - Pure Pigments, Liquid Metals, Powder Blushers, Lipsticks, Sheer Lipglosses, and of course, the ever popular chip resistant Nail Varnishes - into one amazing color collection that can compliment every skin tone.

Draw all attention to you, on those heady summer or autumn nights, with an urbane gathering of cool, alternative hues in grey, mauve, magenta and teal that mix effortlessly with flashes of coral and offset by matte black.

Cream Pigment - $24

Bring out your bold side with this gloriously rich, extremely pigmented cream.  Use to adorn eyes, face and body, and apply with fingers or a brush for a buildable, matte, water-resistant finish.  Layer under Illamasqua Powder Eye Shadow for an added intense effect.  This highly pigmented new matte formula can either neutralize or dominate.  Create the ultimate in textures whether it’s on your face, eyes, or body, bringing a flash of color to a subtle contour.  This formula provides coverage and adhesion for Powder Eye Shadow and Pure Pigment intensification.  The collection includes Cream Pigment in the shades of Dab and Mould.  Dab looks like matte lilac and Mould looks like matte grape.

Pure Pigment - $24

Bring out your bold side with Pure Pigment as it is made to be played with.  A metallic, high-shine, pure-color powder that highlights eyes, cheeks and brows.  Mix with eye shadow, powder blusher or use it on its own to intense effect.  The collection includes Pure Pigment in shade of Android which looks like shimmering gunmetal.  It’s perfect to create dramatic looking eyes. 

Liquid Metal - $26

Prepare to dazzle with this gloriously rich and highly pigmented metallic cream.  Use to adorn eyes, face and body, and apply with fingers or a brush.  Release your inhibitions and illuminate your alter ego.  The collection includes Liquid Metal in the shade of Enrapture which looks like metallic copper.  Also perfect to create dramatic looking eyes.

Powder Blusher - $24

Illuminate and enliven your complexion with the color and drama of Illamasqua Powder Blusher.  Color intense and highly pigmented, it can be used to shade, brighten, enhance, and define the shape of your face.  Be bold, be daring, and be the center of attention with this matte formula that can either neutralize or dominate.  Create the ultimate in textures whether it’s on your face, eyes, or body, bringing a flash of color to a subtle contour.  The collection includes Powder Blusher in the shades of Hussy and Excite.  Hussy looks like bright petal pink and Excite looks like vibrant coral.

Precision Ink - $27.50

Create looks with attitude.  The Precision Ink’s fine tip allow for defined application, making it perfect for use anywhere - on the face or on the body.  It dries within seconds and stays true for hours, so whatever you scrawl on your skin, you know your creation will last until dawn.  The collections includes Precision Ink in shades of Glister and Abyss.  Glister looks like opalescent nude and Abyss looks like gloss black.

Lipstick - $22

Intense Lipstick with a highly pigmented formula that glides on smoothly, creating a statement that one simply cannot look away from.  The collection includes Lipstick in shades of Test and Underworld.  Test looks like matt pinky beige and Underworld looks like iridescent violet.

Sheer Lipgloss - $20

Come out of the shadows with a high-shine punch of color.  Glossy, intense, and highly pigmented, Illamasqua Sheer Lipgloss is long-lasting, both on the lips and in the mind.  The collection includes Sheer Lipgloss in shades of Electrify and Tantrum.  Electrify looks like baby pink sheen and Tantrum looks like deep violet sheen.

Nail Varnish - $14

Leave your mark with an unexpected claw.  Choose from either toxic pastels or unmissable neons.  Hardwearing and chip-resistant, they will last until your are ready to try your next favorite in the collection.  The collection includes Nail Varnish in shades of Lament, DWS, Muse, Jo Mina, Poke and Scorn.  Lament looks like bright coral pink with glossy finish while DWS looks like cement gray with glossy finish.  Muse looks like deep teal blue with glossy finish and Jo Mina looks like electric lilac with glossy finish.  Poke looks like bright violet purple shimmer while Scorn looks like matte black.  I simply love them all! 

The Magenta Muse collection is available in the U.S. at select Sephora stores and  Look for the Body Electrics Collection on  Get yours now!

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